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Looking after children in a professional capacity can be a stressful affair. No matter how good you are with kids, you’re always going to be subject to the same stresses on a daily basis when trying to keep them safe and happy. Looking after your own child is one consideration that you obviously hold dear to your heart, but taking responsibility, and getting paid to look after someone else’s child can be positively debilitating if something goes wrong. So, never let a thing go wrong.

Opening your house up to children as a childminder or personal daycare can be intrinsically rewarding, but it takes a careful eye to make sure everything is proceeding in the right way. We’d like to explore how you can best keep the children in your charge safe and healthy, so you can build an excellent reputation and look after the children who mean so much to you.

Playground Protection

You must make sure the exterior of your house is just as safe as the interior. If you provide playground facilities in your yard, it’s important to make sure everything is well placed. A rubber playground surface can help level out the flooring, perfect if you have an uneven garden, as it will help prevent fall hazards. Not only that, but debris in the grass which is hard to spot could injure a child, and so a rubber surface will bring with it the ability to see anything untoward resting on the floor. Not only that, but placing it around the playground equipment will help secure it in place a little more, so if something breaks it should fall on and potentially hurt those playing.

Foam

Corners in your household are to be found everywhere. As an adult, we rarely think about it, but as a child, many corner surfaces are at eye-level, and so running around a house can be very dangerous for them. You can’t expect a child to completely remember this all the time though, so applying foam to these corners can help prevent a nasty injury if they have an unfortunate collision with the object. As well as this, applying foam barriers in draws, cupboards and even wall corners can prevent a child from injuring their fingers or causing damage if they fall.

Allergies

You must understand with surgical precision the dietary requirements of each child in your care, and make the necessary arrangements to comply with them. You must also make sure that the meals you give aren’t potentially damaging, such as allowing children to eat tube yogurts when one child in attendance has difficulty with being exposed to dairy. Consider how the children will interact outside of mealtimes, and how close they might play. Cooking or crafting meals from two different surfaces to comply with a child’s allergy is useless if another child exposes them to it through rough and tumble playtime. Use your wisest judgment here, and you’re sure to protect them from a dietary standpoint.

Looking after children is never easy, but it’s certainly worth it. With these tidbits of advice, it will be more enjoyable than stressful.